Monday, August 18, 2014

Room With A View

As we continue of our tour of Leslie's house (look here and here to see the first two posts) you will see that the focus of the second floor is the view-

both from the second floor porch to the back yard and


from the deck overlooking the ocean.

In my last post, I said I would talk about the floors, which are pretty amazing.

The oak floors have a certificate of authenticity stating that wood is reclaimed from an old hay barn in Floyd, Virginia.


I had to resort to using some of the real estate listing photos such as this one of the kitchen - my photos just didn't capture the entire space.

Steve is the cook in our family so his favorite part of the kitchen is the Viking appliances.

The hand painted tiles above the stove were inspired by Leslie's Villeroy and Boch dishes.

I love the pantry door with the wheat pattern carved into the glass

and the great lights hanging over the island - Leslie found them in Coastal Living.

The open floor plan on this floor makes the house fabulous for entertaining, but it is relaxed and comfortable at the same time.

I absolutely love the informal table with red, green and blue chairs and the padded bench.

Another slightly more formal table is set into a window filled alcove.

Stripes, shells and nautical prints all in blue and white tie the seating area together.

Leslie has collected a variety of pillow shapes and designs.

I love our little cottage, but I sometimes wish we had as much space as Leslie does in her living room area for entertaining.


The entertainment space is increased with the beautiful brick patio overlooking the ocean - once again I used photos from the real estate listing because the tables and chairs were not out on the day I took photographs.

All that is left to see is the second floor bedroom decorated in one of my favorite color schemes - blue and yellow.

The hand painted starfish plates are beautiful, but I am in love with the over sized wooden eggs - primary colors, stripes, stars, polka dots, all my favorites.

The fabric of the yellow pillows was the inspiration for the painted tiles and embroidered hand towels in the bathroom.

We'll take a quick peek into the guest bathroom with the WWI urinal used as a vase on the wall.

I'll leave you with a gorgeous view from the window seat, but you have to come back later in the week to see where the window seat is.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Starting at the ground floor . . .

In my blog post on Wednesday, I "whet your appetite" with exterior photos of my friend Leslie's Nantucket style beach house.

I first met Leslie when she purchased this house across the street from ours and did a major  renovation.

I am sorry I never asked to photograph her cottage because it is perfect and just sold, furnishings and all, but maybe the new neighbors will let me get in there with my camera.


Once renovation was completed on their cottage, Leslie and Gary began building this 3 story beauty, on two lots, just one lane over from their cottage.

You will be seeing a lot of handmade furniture, like this rocking bench, that has the look of an aged piece.

You will also see lots of nautical pieces throughout the house like the oar coat rack - each hook has the initial of a family member.

Straight ahead of the front door is Maggie's "office" and a work space for Leslie - check out that wrapping paper cupboard.

In the entry way, that is definitely larger than my dining room, a custom made cabinet holds an antique scale and weights.

To the right of the front door is one of the two bedrooms on the first floor.

The bedspread was purchased from LL Bean and the fabrics are all Waverly.

I love that the sheets and the spread are matching although I don't think they are the same brand.

Leslie rolls up the comforters at the foot of the bed in "tootsie roll" style.

All of the area rugs in the bedrooms were purchased from Pottery Barn Kids.

A comfy chair upholstered to match the bedding sits next to another custom made cabinet and the floors (which I will talk more about on the second floor) gleam to perfection.

Of course, the attached bathroom must match the bedroom.

The bathroom has both a tub and a shower.

The tiles were hand painted to match the wallpaper border.

A custom made cabinet, subway tile and hexagon floor tiles are perfect in this beach house bathroom.

An etched window that opens into the hallway adds light to the bathroom.

Now it is on to the downstairs laundry room - yes there is more than one.

Leslie had this shelf in a former home, but it didn't fit so she had it cut down and remade to work in the space.

I love the sink and butcher block folding area.

You might have guessed by now that Leslie likes wallpaper - such a fun choice for a laundry room.

Bedroom number two has a nautical theme as you can see from the wallpaper and the Charles Wysocki print on the wall.

Pottery Barn Kids quilts in bright colors are perfect for the room the triplets use when they visit.

A trundle bed pulls out for a third sleeper.

A cabinet just like the green one in the other bedroom provides storage and if you wonder why the shelves are empty, it is because the house is up for sale and most personal items have been removed.

The checked border on the Pottery Barn Kids area rug was the inspiration for the checked drapes.

The bedding was the inspiration for the hand painted tiles and embroidered towels in the bathroom.

The only thing left on the ground floor are the garages and I only got a photo of the two car garage.

You are probably tired after this long tour so you can take the elevator, but I will take the extra wide stairs and meet you on the second floor.

Here's a peek of what you'll see on the second floor if you come back on Monday.

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Click here if you are interested in looking at the real estate site that has much better photos of Leslie's house than my amateur photos.